Piece description from the artist
The Miami Marine Stadium, an outdoor arena overlooking Biscayne Bay and the Miami skyline, was severely damaged in Hurricane Andrew, and has since been abandoned and left to decay. In recent years, it's become a mecca for graffiti artists and those adventurous enough to squeeze through jagged holes in the chain link fence….a barrier that shuts the stadium off from its once teeming life. From presidents to rock gods, from symphonies to pop icons, from hydroplane races to boxing matches, the stadium was home to an eclectic mix of American and global culture. Until it can rise again through the efforts of preservationists, it remains a canvas that has been painted over and over again with the colors of the tropics and deep hues of passion….and some poetic wisdom.
"A good photographer must love life more than he does photography." -Joel Strasser
Lynne Kaplan thanks her dad for developing her interest in photography with his after-dinner slideshows. At the end of each one, when her brothers would say, "Great," Lynne would say, "More!" She found herself enamored by a photograph's power to freeze a moment in time, tell a story, evoke emotion, and express an aesthetic. It was that early revelation that turned Lynne into a "passion-clicker" who yearns to capture the fabric of life. A self-taught photographer, she creates work that ranges from nuanced to in-your-face, from simplistic to grand; and often sprinkles it with humor, sentiment, and social commentary.
Lynne's friends and family frequently tell her to put her camera down and enjoy the moment. What they don't realize is that when she’s holding her camera she's immersed in the moment. Seeing the world through a lens encourages her to notice the artistry of even the most mundane places and the poetry of everyday experience. It's her way of stopping to smell the roses.